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Press Release - Huntington Receives $32 Million from Charles Munger for New Education and Visitor Center

May 13, 2013


Huntington Receives $32 Million from Charles Munger for New Education and Visitor Center
View of the Garden Court through the Central Garden of the new Education and Visitor Center scheduled to open in early 2015 at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Architectural Resources Group and Office of Cheryl Barton, ©Art Zendarski.

 

SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has received a gift of $32 million from longtime Huntington supporter Charles T. Munger for its new Education and Visitor Center.   The Munger gift is the lead gift toward the $60 million project.  Construction is now under way and is expected to be completed in early 2015.  The center will feature 6.5 acres of new gardens and about 43,000 square feet of educational facilities and visitor amenities.

 

“We are enormously grateful for Charlie’s vision and support of this project,” said Steven Koblik, president of The Huntington.  “Charlie, together with his late wife, Nancy, have helped move The Huntington to a much stronger position with respect to how we engage with our various audiences.  We are forever grateful for their support.”

 

Previously, the Mungers provided the funding for the Munger Research Center, which opened in 2004. The 90,000 square-foot building provides storage for the Huntington’s library collections; space for scholars to conduct their research; conservation and imaging facilities, and exhibition preparation space; as well as administrative offices.

 

The new Education and Visitor Center with its complex of buildings and gardens will provide much improved amenities for the more than 550,000 visitors who come to The Huntington each year; for the 1,500 scholars who conduct research there; and for the thousands of Southern California school children and their teachers who visit on field trips to learn about art, history, literature, and botanical science. The new center will include a 400-seat lecture hall and four classrooms as well as meeting rooms and an expanded café and gift shop. 

 

The project also includes the addition of more than 40,000 square feet of underground storage space for The Huntington’s growing collections of rare historical research holdings and other materials.

 

CONTACTS:  Susan Turner-Lowe, 626-405-2147, sturner@huntington.org

 

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The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $20 adults, $15 seniors (65+), $12 students (ages 12–18 or with full-time student I.D.), $8 youth (ages 5–11), free for children under 5. Group rate, $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends: $23 adults, $18 seniors, $13 students, $8 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate, $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Information: 626-405-2100 or huntington.org.

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